August 9, 2017
Diana Arce

Upcoming Events this week of August 7th to the 12th

Continuing our work with Politaoke and our previous collaboration with Room 4 Resistance, AWAC is excited to be hosting two events this week.

Politaoke Speech-a-Thon

August 10th, 2017, from 12PM to Midnight

Location: Skalitzer Str. 75, 10997 Berlin

Join AWAC Director and Politaoke founder Diana Arce for a an exciting day of political speech mining! With the German elections only two months away, we’ll be focusing our search on politicians making their run for the Bundestag! Don’t speak german? No worries! We are always looking to expand our program for international audiences.

Speech-a-Thons will be held every Thursday running up until the election, except on Show dates, August 24th and September 21st respectively. Join the fun by RSVPing at Can’t attend in Berlin? Join from afar by submitting speeches using our online form or send us an email to skype in and join the fun online!


Protest-banner-making workshop

August 12th, 2017, from 2PM to 5PM, as part of Room 4 Resistance
Location: about:blank garden
Entrance price for the Room 4 Resistance party:  7–10 euro

Stand up for what you believe in, make your voice heard (and seen), support the struggle(s) – Make a stand, make a banner!

At this protest-banner-making workshop, Nine Yamamoto-Masson will assist and guide you through the stages of making a protest sign, banner, or placard, size medium to large.

The workshop will begin with a discussion on practicalities of organised protest marches and rallies (what it means to carry our words, feelings, anger, demands, in the streets, to hang them in our windows, how different types of bodies have different experiences in protest situations and reactions to their political expression, things to consider when making and transporting the protest signs, etc…).

Together we will then brainstorm slogans that speak to current pressing issues that are important to us, and relevant to upcoming marches and rallies. We will settle on a few to put on the banners and signs. Participants can work in groups or alone. We will make large banners and smaller cardboard placards using a variety of styles and techniques.

We’ll have plenty of materials present (paint, glue, scissors, tape, paper…) but ask you to bring your own fabric for banners and cardboard, depending on which type of sign you want to make. We will have some fabric and cardboard, but not enough for everyone.

For the banners you can bring old sheets, curtains or *cough* stolen airline blankets *cough*, those work really well. For cardboard, the surfaces don’t have to be blank, we can cover up printed cardboard with the blank paper we will bring, so you can also bring any old cardboard box.
You can also use this opportunity to make DIY T-shirts with the protest & solidarity  slogans of your choice – for yourself of for friends who cannot come or who cannot participate in public protest events. Simply bring a T-shirt (we recommend finding a 2nd hand t-shirts or an old retired one of yours; if it has a print you can turn it inside out and customise it in other fun ways).

All of this will be set to the amazing music of the featured DJs!